Hēmi Te Hēmi
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Te Whenua Taurikura, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch
Qualifications • Bachelor’s in Applied Management, Māori Organisational Leadership, Otago Polytechnic 2014 • Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of Otago 2013 • Diploma in Te Ara Reo, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa 2010 • Diploma in Adult Teaching and Learning, University of Canterbury 2008 • Certificate in Māori Language, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 2005 • Certificate of Social Work, University of Canterbury 1998.
Hēmi is of Māori (Ngāti Manaipoto/Ngāti Kōroki), Cook Islands (Rarotonga/Mangaiia) and Pākehā descent. A father of four and married to Tracy. Hēmi is employed as a community researcher with Ihi Research and been a member of the CYWC (Canterbury Youth Workers Collective) for over 20 years and worked with young people, whānau, hapū, rūnanga, iwi and the wider community through a range of different roles for over 30 years. Hēmi has been a trustee with Scope Aotearoa Charitable Trust since it registered, a board member with Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi and a trustee with Praxis New Zealand. He has provided Youth Worker supervision and mentoring for over 10 years and a Whānau Enterprise Business Coach supporting local Whānau Ora initiatives. Hēmi is committed and passionate about supporting the development of Youth Work practice and growing extraordinary leaders who will help build strong, thriving and connected communities. In his spare time when Hēmi isn’t involved in whānau, community, kaupapa Māori wānanga, kapahaka and mahi toi events he enjoys reading science fiction novels, carving and sculpture, illustration and design and especially riding his Harley Davidson around the district doing a café circuit with friends or joining in coordinated annual events that bring awareness to important kaupapa such as stopping violence and suicide awareness.